Bay Area organist Rodney Gehrke explores the rich sounds of Schroeder Hall's Brombaugh mechanical-action organ in music by J.S. Bach and several North German masters of the 17th-century. Organ builder John Brombaugh was particularly influenced by the potent instruments of the great Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and their environs. Bach too was drawn there; in fact, at the age of 20, he walked several hundred miles to Lübeck to absorb the style of Dieterich Buxtehude. In addition to music by Buxtehude and Bach, we will hear other works in the monumental style of Heinrich Scheidemann, Vincent Lübeck, and Matthias Weckmann.
Rodney Gehrke, organ
Saturday, February 25, 2017 8PM
BachGrounder pre-concert talk, 7:25PM
For the spiritual musick is as follows.
For there is the thunder-stop,
which is the voice of God direct.
For the rest of the stops
are by their rhimes.
For innumerable Angels
fly out at every touch
and his tune is a work of creation.
-Christopher Smart (1722-1771)